Biography

MARCUS SEDGWICK was born and raised in a small village in East Kent in the south-east of England. He now lives high in a remote valley in the French Alps.

Marcus is a writer of novels for adults and young adults, and novels for younger people, of non-fiction and academic essays. He even published a couple of picture books once but that’s a secret. He is winner of many prizes, most notably the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for his novel Midwinterblood. Marcus has also received two Printz Honors, for Revolver in 2011 and The Ghosts of Heaven in 2016, giving him the most citations to date for America’s most prestigious book prize for writing for young adults. Other notable award winning books include Floodland, Marcus’ first novel, which won the Branford-Boase Award in 2001, a prize for the best debut novel for children published in the UK each year; My Swordhand is Singing, which won the Booktrust Teenage Prize for 2007, and Lunatics and Luck, part of The Raven Mysteries series, which won a Blue Peter Book Award in 2011.

photo of Marcus Sedgwick

His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (eight times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). He has been nominated for another of the world’s pre-eminent prizes for writing for children – the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – five times: in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Marcus was Author-in-Residence at Bath Spa University for three years, has reviewed books and written articles for various national newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian, and magazines, such as Tatler. He periodically teaches creative writing at Arvon and Ty Newydd. He has judged numerous books awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards. 

In addition, he has illustrated some of his books, and has provided wood-engravings for a couple of private press books. He has worked for the British Council, promoting literature outside of the UK, and has lectured in many places, as far afield as Los Angeles, London and Kuala Lumpur.

He is probably currently working on a new book of some kind…